Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Comets Advance to MISL Championship

For the second year in a row the Missouri Comets beat the Milwaukee Wave in a mini-game to advance to the MISL Championship series. After winning the game on Sunday in Missouri the Comets needed to win one of the two games on the night to advance to the championships.

Game two was a back and forth affair that was tight throughout with no team ever leading by more than three points. The Wave took the lead in the first quarter with a two point goal. Brian Harris gave the Comets the lead in the second quarter on a three point goal, but the Wave retook the lead before half time. The third quarter saw the Comets build their largest lead of the game as Leo Gibson and Bryan Perez both scored to make it 7-4. The fourth quarter saw the Wave close the lead before Vahid Assadpour scored to make it 9-6. The Wave though then scored three unanswered goals to win the first game 12-9.

The one quarter mini-game started shortly after that. The Comets grabbed the lead in the first 30 seconds when Brian Harris scored to give the Comets a 2-0 lead. six minutes in the Comets doubled the lead, again through Harris. He'd just come on the field and the Wave didn't pick him up until it was took late as he beat Marcel Feenstra 1v1 to give the Comets a 4-0 lead. Just before the 10 minute mark though the Wave found a way back into the game. Stefan Stokic attempted to head the ball back to Danny Waltman but put it too high and off the boards above the goal. The ball ended up falling to Ian Bennett who knocked it across to Giuliano Oliviero who touched the ball home past a diving Waltman to make it 4-2. With just over three minutes left though the Comets sealed the game as captain Vahid Assadpour picked up a ball and dribbled the length of the floor before beating Feenstra to make it 6-2. The Comets held on against the Wave's sixth attacker to book themselves a place in the finals against either Syracuse or Baltimore. While the Comets were the only team to beat the Wave this season, Syracuse and Baltimore are two teams that Comets didn't beat this season, going a combined 0-4 against the two teams.

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